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TOMSK - The Tomsk and Novosibirsk regional drug control services have crushed a heroin channel from Kyrgyzstan, the Tomsk regional drug control chief Igor Tolstonosov said.

About 3 kilograms of heroin have been seized, valued at several
million rubles on the black market, he said at a press conference at
Interfax’s Tomsk press center.

“Three kilograms is a large amount. A bigger batch of drugs has never
been seized in the region before. It is sufficient to make up to 50
kilograms of ready-to-use drugs, or 500,000 doses, and sell them to
retail buyers,” Tolstonosov said.

The channel was being monitored for several months. The organizer and
his accessory from Novosibirsk traveled to Kyrgyzstan and reached a
deal with local drug barons for the purchase and delivery of drugs to
Russia. The two received the drugs when they returned to Novosibirsk and
took a taxi to travel to the Tomsk region.

The group was led by an unemployed native of a North Caucasus
republic, 49, with a criminal record, convicted previously for property
offenses and for illegally possessing weapons. His accessory, 50, had a
criminal record, too.

Both stand accused of illegally transporting a large batch of drugs
which may be re-qualified into “organized and large-scale drug
smuggling.”

The Tomsk regional drug control service has seized 11 kilograms of
heroin over the past seven months, 1.5 times more than in January to
July 2011.

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